Martin Memorial Lecture: The Health of the Supreme Court (No CME)

Nina TotenbergThe Health of the Supreme Court

Presiding Officer and Introducer: Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, New York, NY
Lecturer: Nina Totenberg, Washington, DC

Of all the executive powers granted to the U.S. President, few can have such an enduring impact and are as irrevocable as appointing U.S. Supreme Court justices. But vacancies on the court are relatively rare, generally only arising when a justice retires or dies, because the nine justices receive lifetime appointments.

So it’s no surprise that the health of a Supreme Court justice and the anticipation of a potential vacancy can create a political stir, according to Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio.

Ms. Totenberg, whose coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition and multiple awards, discusses how the physical and mental well-being of Supreme Court justices have affected U.S. politics, from the court’s establishment in 1789 to today, in the 2019 Martin Memorial Lecture, The Health of the Supreme Court.

The Martin Memorial Lecture and the American Urological Association Lecture (AUA) have been combined for presentation during the Opening Ceremony of the Clinical Congress. The AUA Lecture has been sponsored by the AUA since 1967 and has featured diverse topics in surgery. The Martin Memorial Lecture was established in 1946 to honor Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, founder of the College and his wife, Isabelle Hollister Martin.

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Residents


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In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website.

The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity. Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

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Faculty and Disclosures

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS - Bristol Myers Squibb: Travel reimbursement for advisory meeting; DaVinci Surgery: Travel reimbursement for teaching session; Genelux Inc: Institutional clinical trial support; Genentec Inc: Institutional clinical trial support; NIH/Coordinating Center for clinical trials: Payment
Nina Totenberg - Nothing to Disclose

Program Committee and Disclosures

CHAIR: Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP, FRCSEng(Hon), Miami, FL - Nothing to Disclosure
VICE-CHAIR: David T. Cooke, MD, FACS, Sacramento, CA - Nothing to Disclosure


David C. Borgstrom, MD, FACS, Morgantown, WV - Nothing to Disclosure
Daniel L. Dent, MD, FACS, San Antonio, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Roger R. Dmochowski, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Allergen: Honoraria: Consultant
Cynthia D. Downard, MD, FACS, Louisville, KY - Nothing to Disclosure
Audra A. Duncan, MD, FACS, London, ON - Nothing to Disclosure
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, Boston, MA - Nothing to Disclosure
Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, Richmond, VA - Nothing to Disclosure
Neil H. Hyman, MD, FACS, Chicago, IL - Nothing to Disclosure
Martin S. Karpeh, Jr., MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Dennis H. Kraus, MD, FACS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Kenneth W. Sharp, MD, FACS, Nashville, TN - Nothing to Disclosure


Daniel M. Herron, MD, FACS, FASBMS, New York, NY - Nothing to Disclosure
Edith Tzeng, MD, FACS, Pittsburgh, PA - Nothing to Disclosure


Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCSEng(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCOSECSA(Hon), Houston, TX - Nothing to Disclosure
Quan-Yang Duh, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA - Nothing to Disclosure
B. J. Hancock, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Winnipeg, MB - Nothing to Disclosure
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), Seattle, WA - Nothing to Disclosure

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

This educational activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

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